Terrible Victory: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Campaign, 1944 – RUSI-VI Webinar 2022-01-12

On September 13, 1944, First Canadian Army’s most horrific battle of the Second World War began in the Belgian and Dutch lowlands near Antwerp. The sixty-mile Scheldt waterway linking Europe’s greatest port to the North Sea was crucial to support the Allied armies rolling towards Germany. Told to clear the Scheldt and open Antwerp at any cost, the Canadians fought against heavily entrenched German forces and a flooded landscape. For Fifty-five days, a titanic contest unfolded between two equally determined foes.

Mark Zuehlke was hailed by Jack Granatstein as Canada’s leading popular historian. Mark has won several awards, including the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2006 and in 2014, the prestigious Governor General’s History Award aka the Pierre Berton Award. Mark’s 13-title Battle Series from the Second World War covers the Canadian Army in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. He is also the author of other military histories such as For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812, and The Gallant Cause: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War.

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